Raise Your Hand If Sports Bring You Solace

by Dana on December 8, 2010

Since signing up to participate in the “Rally 4 Girls” I have been thinking a lot about what I wanted to write because I want this to be one of those posts. You know, the kind of post where you capture your feelings so perfectly that people read it and are moved enough not only to think about it more throughout the day, but also to share it with others.

But nothing came to me. I thought and I thought and then I thought some more. And then I realized, it’s because I don’t have a single story about how sports have made my life better.

I have gobs of them. There isn’t a time in my life where some form of sport wasn’t an integral part. My very being is based in movement and when I don’t get enough of it, I am only a fraction of my best self.

Going through the long list of things I have participated in over the years isn’t necessary, but suffice it to say, I have tried a little bit of everything. I even jumped into things that seem disparate in the grand scheme of it all, like when I joined a boxing gym to cross-train for figure skating. (For those wondering, it worked.)

And while I did gain all of the things that people are citing from better self-esteem, to better performance in school (and subsequently at work) at the crux of the success of it all is learning what my body and mind can achieve together.

More importantly, however, is what sport continues to bring me and that is solace. I may be teased mercilessly, but a bit from the movie Center Stage captures it well when the instructor explains that when the dancer loses sight of herself, she can always return to the barre. The various sports in which I participate keep me centered, as I’m sure they do you.

So, I ask all of you to please raise your hand if sports bring you solace and not only leave a comment, but continue to bring awareness to this important issue.

Let girls play sports.

Let girls know how to find solace on the field, on the court, in the pool, and on the ice.

Let girls play sports.

Let girls learn how far their bodies and minds will take them.

Let girls play sports.

Let girls improve their lives and thereby improve the lives of others.

Let girls play sports.

Let girls play sports and if people try to stop them, fight for their right to do so.

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